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Reader reponds to letter, Reader calls for article from farragutpress

Reader reponds to letter



I would like to respond to the letter written by John B. Williams that appeared in the Oct. 12, 2006, edition of farragutpress. Mr. Williamís point to his letter is that the town of Farragut in whole should attend Farragut High School.

I would like to point out that the town of Farragut is not the governing body over Farragut High School. Knox County is the governing body over Farragut High School, which is part of the Knox County Schools system.

The town of Farragut does not individually, financially support Farragut High School. In fact, the town of Farragut only gives the minimum amount of dollars from sales tax to the school system that is required by the state, whereas the rest of Knox County gives beyond the minimum amount of sales tax to the school system that is required by the state.

I believe that the rezoning should be geographically based with those students who live closest to Hardin Valley High School and have the safest possible route to Hardin Valley High School be zoned for Hardin Valley High School. Regardless of whether they live in the town of Farragut or not.

I understand the sense of community Mr. Williams is speaking of. I do not live in the town of Farragut, but my oldest daughter is a sophomore at Farragut High School. This rezoning will not affect her, but I also have a younger daughter.

I graduated from Farragut High School in 1983 and my mother graduated from Farragut High School in 1957. I know what it means to be part of this community. I have lived here all my life.

However, I do not think it would be right for my child to be rezoned to HVHS and travel twice as far to get to high school on dangerous roads (i.e. I-140/Pellissippi Parkway) if there are students who live much closer to HVHS with safer routes to the school, but are not zoned for HVHS simply because they live in the town of Farragut.



Sincerely,

Cathy Moore

Farragut



Reader calls for article from farragutpress



Tom Gilmoreís letters are strongly written, support my perspectives, and donít need supplementing.

I wish to show my support and make a suggestion to the ípress. The disrespect of cyclists and frequency of it in Farragut and elsewhere in surrounding counties is true as Tom described. I have 7,000 miles logged in the last four years, half in the Friendsville area, and I can recall 15 notable occasions experiencing obscenities, food, fog horn, car horn and malicious swerving.

It is a matter of educating those who donít choose to use cycling as a form of transportation or exercise to feel comfortable driving respectably around cyclists.

Kelley Seagers with the Knoxville Transportation Department is devoted to this education, encouraging cycling in Knoxville by making riders of all types feel safer, provide lower risk routes and city events. She and her team are making progress, and myself and the cyclists who I ride with support her efforts by following road rules and being courteous to drivers, and using the shoulder when ever it is possible, for example.

Please help support the education of Farragut citizens with non-bias editorial power on the rights of both drivers and cyclists on our communityís roads.



Thank you,†

Tara Nicholson

Resident and avid cyclist

 

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